Working with Minnesotans to protect, conserve and improve our environment and enhance our quality of life.
In this issue Economic stimulus funding available for water quality work
Funding Updates The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has received a one-time American
• Funding available Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) grant to fund water quality management
for water quality planning activities. Funding is provided through Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act
work and will be used to address continuing planning updates and communications measures
• Water monitoring
work by MPCA staff.
grant applications In addition, 40 percent of the ARRA award will be passed-
due Nov. 6 through to regional public comprehensive planning
• MPCA offering organizations and interstate planning organizations
environmental through a competitive Request for proposals (RFP) process.
grants Available pass-through funds total $291,160.
• BWSR grants open The pass-through funding application period opened on
soon Sept. 28 and will close Oct. 30. Planning priority areas for
Project Updates funding consideration include:
• Comment periods • Cooperative interstate efforts to develop coordinated
open for studies on monitoring, assessment and standard-setting approaches to
Hennepin lakes border/interstate waters.
Worth Noting • Aligning local water planning and comprehensive planning efforts with the Clean Water Legacy
• Report highlights Act watershed approach.
watershed • Enhancing Minnesota’s ability to measure and communicate the results of TMDL development
achievements and watershed planning efforts.
• STORET newsletter • Promoting civic engagement in watershed planning and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).
Applicants should address one or more of the priority areas. Proposals are due to the MPCA
by 2 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2009.
The complete RFP and application can be requested via email at email@example.com.
mn.us (subject line: WQMP CR 2914.) Please direct questions to Mary Heininger at 651-
757-2418, firstname.lastname@example.org , or Kimberly Nuckles at 651-757-2618, kimberly.
Reminder: Water monitoring grant applications due Nov. 6
The MPCA intends to award up to $2 million in grant money for lake and stream
monitoring projects through its Surface Water Assessment Grants (SWAG). The grant
period opened Sept. 21. Grant proposals are due Nov. 6 at 4 p.m.
For more information, go to www.pca.state.mn.us/water/swagrant.html. Potential
applicants may also contact Ron Schwartz of the MPCA at 651-757-2708 or CWLA.
email@example.com. Note that the MPCA prefers applications be submitted
electronically to CWLA.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MPCA seeking applications for environmental grants
Events The MPCA is seeking applications for grants to be used in the development of
environmentally sustainable practices that prevent pollution and conserve resources.
Both public and private organizations and partnerships are eligible. Applications are due
Nov. 3, 2009.
Conference Approximately $687,000 is available. The MPCA Environmental Assistance Grant Round
is a competitive, one-stage process. Applications must fall under one of the following
The Minnesota Water
will be held Oct. 26- • Waste prevention and reduction — implementing efficient and economically-sound practices
27 at the Saint Paul to prevent and reduce waste at the source.
Rivercentre. • Source-separated composting — reducing the amount of organic wastes entering disposal
View the conference facilities.
brochure at www.wrc. • Stormwater sources — focus on providing assistance to Minnesota local government units for
umn.edu/waterconf. implementing measures to ensure that permitted stormwater sources do not contribute to the
The Minnesota Water impairment or degradation of state waters.
Resources Conference The complete request for proposal, instructions, and forms are available on the MPCA
presents innovative Web site at www.pca.state.mn.us/grants/eagrants.html. Applications must be submitted
and practical water
electronically by 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2009. For more information, interested parties can
techniques and contact Mary Baker at 651-757-2208, toll-free at 1-800-657-3864 or by e-mail at mary.
highlights research email@example.com.
about Minnesota’s water BWSR grant application period for Clean Water Funds opens Oct. 15
At its Sept, 23 board meeting, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Speakers this year
approved the BWSR Competitive Grant program. The grant application period will run
from Oct. 15 through Dec. 1. The Competitive Grant application will include Clean Water
• Living With a Changing Funds generated through the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment. A total of
Water Environment, $12.8 million in Clean Water Funds is available in a number of program categories to
Jerry Schnoor, University
counties, cities, soil and water conservation districts, water management organizations
and certain joint powers boards. For more information, go to www.bwsr.state.mn.us.
• Building Partnerships
for Clean Water, In addition to providing information on the BWSR Web site, a series of meetings will be
Congresswoman Betty held around the state to provide information and answer questions about the program.
McCollum, Minnesota Meeting Schedule for BWSR Grant Program
Date Time City Location
• Land Use and Water
Quality: Lessons from North Region
the First Two Decades Oct. 13 9 a.m. - noon Thief River Falls Red Lake Watershed District
of the USGS NAWQA Oct. 14 9 a.m. - noon Fergus Falls AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Studies, Paul Capel,
USGS, and University of
Oct. 15 9 a.m. - noon Bemidji Beltrami County Admin Building
Minnesota Metro Region
• Wetland Drainage Oct. 22 2 - 4 p.m. St. Paul Capitol Region Watershed District
and Its Impacts in Contact the following BWSR representatives for additional information:
Minnesota, Rex Johnson,
US Fish and Wildlife South: Matt Drewitz at 507-766-5020
Service Metro: Marcey Westrick at 651-284-4153
For more information, North: Jeff Hrubes at 218-368-7683
call 612-624-3708 or
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Pollution studies for Hennepin County lakes on public notice
The Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL) report for Cedar Island, Pike and Eagle lakes in
Hennepin County is on public notice until Oct. 28.
presentation at U
John R. Gray, U.S.
The Eagle Lake Chain of Lakes is a regional water resource in the cities of Maple Grove
Geological Survey Senior and Plymouth in the Shingle Creek watershed. The state placed Pike Lake on the 2002
Sediment Specialist, impaired waters list, Cedar Island Lake in 2004, and Eagle Lake in 2008 for aquatic
will be presenting the recreation because the lakes exceed the water quality standard for nutrients.
current status and latest The goal of this TMDL is to quantify the pollutant reductions needed for Cedar Island,
technologies related Pike and Eagle Lakes to meet state water quality standards.
to sediment in natural
surface waters on The TMDL report for Meadow Lake Nutrient TMDL is also on public notice until Oct.
Monday, Oct. 19, at 1 28. Meadow Lake is a very shallow 11-acre lake located in the City of New Hope, in
p.m. at the University of Hennepin County, within the Shingle Creek watershed. The state placed Meadow Lake
Minnesota, 335 Borlaug on the 2002 impaired waters list for aquatic recreation because it exceeds the water
Hall, Saint Paul Campus. quality standard for nutrients.
He will also describe For more information, contact Barb Peichel, TMDL Project Manager for the MPCA, at
the impacts of human- 651-757-2646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
accelerated transport of
suspended sediments in
the nation’s waterways.
Directions and parking Watershed report highlights projects throughout the state
information can be found The MPCA has released the 2009 edition of the Watershed Achievements Report. The
report chronicles 49 water quality improvement projects throughout the state. The
index.html . report, organized by basin, summarizes progress
made in addressing water pollution through projects
funded under the U.S. Environmental Protection
Submissions Agency’s Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act
and the MPCA’s Clean Water Partnership Program.
WaterFront is a web- Projects included in the report took place from July 1,
based bulletin featuring 2008 through June 30, 2009.
updates on impaired
waters, watershed Each project summary includes history and
This side inlet project in the Hawk
project funding and objectives, water quality outcomes, financial and Creek watershed is one project
water restoration and contact information. highlighted in the annual report.
The full report can be found on the MPCA’s Web
site at www.pca.state.mn.us/water/cwp-319.html#reports. To receive a copy, please
the state. WaterFront
is published to share contact the MPCA’s Sara Johnson at 651-757-2473 or by e-mail at sara.johnson@state.
information with internal mn.us.
MPCA staff and external Annual STORET newsletter now available online
The Summer 2009 STORET newsletter is now available at www.pca.state.mn.us/water/
storet.html. STORET is short for STOrage and RETrieval, and is the MPCA’s primary
submissions to Cat
Rofshus at catherine.
ambient water quality database. The annual newsletter features important information
email@example.com. regarding STORET water quality data management. The purpose is to provide open
communication between the MPCA STORET Team and data partners. The current
edition includes important deadlines, upcoming changes for the data base, and
answers to users’ questions. If you wish to subscribe/unsubscribe, please email sandra.
firstname.lastname@example.org with either “subscribe” or “unsubscribe” in the subject line.
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